Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish… No I am not thinking or talking about Steve Jobs but a certain Rashmi Bansal an MBA from IIM A and cofounder and editor of JAM (Just Another Magazine), India’s leading youth magazine. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish is the name of her book that has been brought out by the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at the IIM Ahmadabad.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Rashmi has showcased 25 IIM A graduates who went out of the line and chose entrepreneurship, rejecting the more conventional and comfortable corporate jobs.

It is a good read specially if you are really thinking about going the entrepreneurship way, to be inspired with the people showcased in the book. But on a general term this is more like a small biography of there 25 people who chose to make a difference in their life.

The book is divided into 3 sections

  • The Believers: IIM-A graduates who took the plunge straight out of IIM-A
  • The Opportunists: Who saw an opportunity and capitalized on it
  • The Alternate Vision: Social Entrepreneurs who cared about things beyond money

It’s written in a very easy format, with Rashmi providing a brief introduction about the person portrayed and then the bio and then an advice by the person.

It shows how mistakes actually make you learn and how there needs to be a certain level of confidence in you to keep that dream alive. Also when you dream… dream real big…

With just 25 of the entrepreneurs mentioned in the book only from one institute, there are bound to be more such individuals who have walked the rough path. I am looking forward to a sequel to the book.


Google Chrome Logo
Google Chrome Logo

Just downloaded the newest entrant in browser market – Google Chrome. So whats the difference Google is making by launching their own browser in such fierce compeition between arch-rivals Microsoft and friends Mozilla? 

Here are some pointers on the Google Chrome website:

Google Chrome is a Open Source browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

  • One box for everything – Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.
  • Thumbnails of your top sites – Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab
  • Shortcuts for your apps – Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications

OK, but the ultimate question is WHY? – there is an answer for this too: According to Google, we spend most of out online time in a browser – search, chat, email, blog, bank, catch up with friends, read news, follow sports.. all with a browser. So in order to make our lives simpler, Google brought us this Chrome – On the surface its simple and straight,  under the hood, there is a strong browser that runs complex web apps. Each and every tab is an isolated ‘snadbox’ that prevents the other tab from crashing and provides protection from rogue sites. There is a very strong and new JavaScript engine, V8 to help pages load faster.

Google Chrome Screenshot
Google Chrome Screenshot

Well is it fast enough?

hmm.. I cannot really guarantee that, so far I have experienced a lag in the working of the Chrome. But I cannot really say that given the speed of my internet connection 😦

Why dont you try it and let me know: Get Google Chrome

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Taare Zameen Par

Every Child is Special

The film, Taare Zameen Par (तारे ज़मीन पर) directed by Aamir Khan is about a 8 year old dyslexic child Ishann Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) who finds it difficult to read or write correctly or for that matter perform any such activities normal to children of his age and inevitably has to bear the brunt of his parents, teachers & other people he interacts with but his world is filled with magical creatures and thoughts that give him company his parents unable to realize his disorder send him to a boarding school where the child retreats into a self imposed exile and has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. In comes Aamir Khan the temporary art teacher who encourages them to extend their boundaries of thought and imaginations and shows special interest in finding out the difficulty of Ishaan with time, patience and care he helps Ishaan find himself. And that’s the synopsis of the movie.

But more than the script it’s the way minute emotions are captured the way the audience is made to peer into a child’s mind and its own mechanisms.

The movie is laden with powerful scenes that will give you moist eyes.

And to complement the film’s excellent theme there’s the superbly crafted n maturely executed visual effects and animation to go with it. Top notch performance by all the actors, Darsheel Safary steals the limelight from the seasoned actors here

Another thing that needs a special mention is Aamir’s directing skills, he brilliantly captures the child’s world, the obsession of noticing minute things and finding beauty in them. The relationship between parents and children is also captured beautifully. One more thing here, the class toppers are not shown as arrogant. Elder brothers are not bullies but caring and protective.

So go ahead and catch the movie. One thing for sure, this is going to be a part of my DVD collection.

Ishaan\'s Portrait

The Kite Runner

Kite Runner

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini is one of those marvelous books that opens up our hearts and minds.

This book transports us to a very different time in the 1960’s. Amir and Hassan, friends, raised in the same household, but in different worlds. Amir is the son of a wealthy businessman, and Hassan is the son of the servant, Hazara. There may be a difference in the lives they led, but they became fast friends. Amir would learn to read and Hassan would not. Amir would have the most beautiful toys and particularly kites, and Hassan would be able to help Amir play with the toys and run (fly) his kite. Amir was the spolied son, Hassan was the intelligent and intuitive servant’s son. Their lives would intertwine even when separated.

The reader is blown from the last days of Kabul’s monarchy — salad days in which the boys lives’ are occupied with school, welcome snows, American cowboy movies and neighborhood bullies — into the atrocities of the Taliban, which turned the boys’ green playing fields red with blood.

When the Russian army invaded, Amir and his father fled to the United States, California. Amir grew up in a different land, but with the same Afghanistan culture. He and his father became close. Amir married, went to college, all the while wondering what happened to his childhood friend, the one he betrayed.

As time marched on, Amir lost his father to cancer and was summoned to Pakistan to meet with an old family friend. This turns out to be a life renewing event. Amir searches for news of his friend, Hassan. The search takes him back to Afghanistan, to an orphanage, a meeting with a member of the Taliban, a search for his lost city and culture and for a prize he will cherish, for the truth and for the life he regains.

This is a gritty book, the beauty and violence of this country, Afghanistan, comes to life. The customs and food and smells of the city; the desolation of life and the loss of the country to madmen who are running it with only their imagined vulgar needs and wealth in mind that destroys a culture so varied and rich.

This unusually eloquent story is also about the fragile relationship fathers and sons, humans and their gods, men and their countries.

We can imagine we are there, and we can share in the sights, the smells, the utter disregard for human life. But we can never know what these people have lost. A book, I will cherish reading again and again, so will you.

PS: The Kite Runner – the movie is up for release on the 14th of December, 2007. Needless to say, I’ll watch it.

Twist in the web…

Well just saw the latest franchise of the world’s favourite web slinging super hero – Spiderman 3. The movie is packed with characters that it doesn’t give you any room and time to blink. The plot is fast and the graphics are sleek, besides a terrific story to go with it. The all of New York is basking in the name of Spiderman; he has become everyone’s favourite hero. New York now is free of any crime, Mary Jane is a theater actress and Peter is a science student. All is well in the city protected by Spiderman.

Suddenly a meteor crashes on the earth, carrying a black organism that moves anywhere; it sticks itself onto Peter’s bike. A prisoner, the real killer of Uncle Ben runs away from prison falls into an experimental pit and transforms into Sandman, a man that can change to any shape and with great power.

There is Harry Osborn, who wants to avenge his father’s death by killing Spiderman, he then takes up the responsibility and becomes the Green Goblin. There is a terrific fight sequence where the Green Goblin is defeated and has an accident where Harry has a short term memory loss. He forgets that Peter is actually Spiderman and becomes friends with him again.

One more adversary is Eddie, a freelance photographer who is trying to live on Spiderman’s pics threatening Peter at the Daily Bugle.

Mary Jane here is submissive, after she is fired from her theater, she feels low and with Spiderman/Peter basking in the glory of the city, she is jealous. Also when Spiderman kisses the chief’s daughter when receiving the key to the city, because Spiderman has actually saved the girl, MJ is broken and she tries to get to Harry.

The best part of the script is that Peter/Spiderman explores his “dark side,” a gambit of tiresome psychological value but with the obvious side benefits of temporarily suspending his goody two-shoes personality and giving him a new, black costume. The entire ploy really amounts to is an interlude in which Peter struts around the city with a trendy new haircut ogling women and humiliating Mary Jane with some aggressive nightclub antics. Here is where Spiderman/Peter is fighting his own ego.

Eventually the black thing from space finds a new host in Eddie and thus Venom is formed, a snake like creature with powers as good as Spiderman’s.

The climax is almost the same as the earlier two films, Mary Jane is the bait used to lure Spiderman to face the bad guys. But herein lays the difference. Watch it to twist in the tale.

The movie is OK not as bad as I had thought nor as good as I expected, I read this some place before – with great success comes great expectations.